Every year, Neil Young’s website keeps a running list of odds for major prizes at major festivals, including Berlin, Venice and indeed Cannes. For the past week or so, he’s been updating the latter for the ongoing edition of the fest, listing odds for the Palme d’Or and best acting prizes.
Currently (though this could change by the time you click this link), Young has Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Like Father, Like Son” as the slight frontrunner for the top prize, with 9-2 odds. That’s just in front of Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Blue Is The Warmest Color” (5-1 odds), Asghar Farhadi’s “The Past” (6-1 odds), Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty” (7-1 odds) and Joel & Ethan Coen’s “Inside Llewyn Davis” (9-1 odds).
In the acting categories, “Davis” actor Oscar Issac and “Blue” actress Adèle Exarchopoulos leading the male and female acting prize odds, respectively. Isaac is at 7-2, while Young is very confident with Exarchopoulos, which he has pegged at even.
Just behind them are Michael Douglas (solo, or with Matt Damon for “Behind The Candelabra) and Tony Servillo (“The Great Beauty”) in the male category, and Berenice Bejo (“The Past”) and Marion Cotillard (“The Immigrant”) for best actress.
There’s still 3 days left to go — and a few films yet to screen — before Cannes announces its winners. Check back with Neil Young for updated odds, and with Indiewire for the announcement of the winners on Sunday.